Center for Healthier Communities
Dedicated to improving population health
Center for Healthier Communities
In 1997, Northridge Hospital Medical Center established the Center for Healthier Communities (CHC) as a department of the hospital. The center is dedicated to building community collaborative projects, leveraging local resources and developing effective strategies that assist children, adults and families with a goal of improving population health. Through high quality prevention education, innovative solutions, and treatment services, CHC strives to promote healthy behaviors and improve unmet health needs for residents of the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. CHC’s current programs include:
Choose Health LA Kids
Choose Health LA Kids is a partnership between the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, public agencies, and community and faith based organizations to provide nutrition and physical activity education and resources to families and caregivers of children ages 0-5. The program provides families and caregivers of children 0-5 residing in Canoga Park, North Hills, North Hollywood, Northridge, Panorama City, Reseda Winnetka, and Van Nuys with:
- Community Resource Guide (English, Spanish): low-cost resources covering the following areas - Canoga Park, North Hills, North Hollywood, Northridge, Panorama City, Reseda, Van Nuys, Winnetka
- Grocery Store Tours and Food Demonstrations
- Nutrition and Physical Activity curriculum
- Community Assistance programs (CalFresh and WIC) promotion and referral
- Parent Collaborative and Coalition Building
School Wellness Initiative
This initiative was launched in 2006 to help reduce the rate of obesity and related chronic diseases among public school students, their parents and teachers in the high need communities of the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County. Launched initially in five Los Angeles Unified School District schools, collaborative efforts are now in 34 public schools.
Thank you to our community collaborators: LAUSD District ESC North, LAUSD Coordinated School Health and Physical Education, Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, California State University-Northridge, Child Development Institute, New Economics for Women, Child Care Resource Center, Health Net, Marathon Kids, Mid-Valley YMCA, Network for a Healthy California, Northeast Valley Health Corporation, Partners in Care, Super King Market, Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles, Valley Care Community Consortium, Vision y Compromiso, Volunteers of America, and local elected officials.
For more information Please review the School Reference Guide or contact the Center for Healthier Communities at 818.718.5922.
Center for Assault Treatment Services
The Center for Assault Treatment Services (C⋅A⋅T⋅S), located in Van Nuys, is a program of Dignity Health – Northridge Hospital, which has treated children and adults affected by violence since 1997. C⋅A⋅T⋅S provides forensic medical evidentiary examinations, and interviews for victims of sexual and domestic violence 24/7. All services are free of charge to the victims. C⋅A⋅T⋅S is a team member of the local designated Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and Domestic Assault Response Team (DART). Our trained staff provides outreach education on identifying and reporting suspected cases of abuse.
C⋅A⋅T⋅S mission is to provide compassionate, comprehensive care to child and adult victims of sexual abuse/assault and domestic violence in a supportive and conforming environment through a coordinated collaborative effort. This is accomplished by co-location at the Family Justice Center.
Diabetes Wellness Rx
The Diabetes Wellness Rx funded by Medtronic is designed for individuals with Type 2 diabetes. The program consists of ten 6 -week diabetes education workshops and covers topics such as: diabetes management techniques, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional issues including depression, anger, fear and frustration. Additional topics include: appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance, healthy eating, appropriate use of medication, and working more effectively with health care professionals. Each workshop meets 2 ½ hours per week. Supplemental activities include: support group, fitness instruction, health experts in diabetes and a Diabetes Market Tour.
Activate Your Heart
Activate Your Heart is a partnership with and led by Mid-Valley YMCA, funded by Astra Zeneca with a goal to increase cardiovascular health awareness. This exciting and engaging FREE 8-week workshop can help participants reduce the risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Classes use the American Heart Association “Empowered to Serve” curriculum, cooking demonstrations, stress management techniques, grocery store tour, group exercise and health screenings. Participants that complete the program will receive a free 3-month membership for the Mid-Valley YMCA. Childcare is provided at each session.
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) a workshop given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries, schools, and hospitals. Subjects covered include: 1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 3) appropriate use of medications, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) nutrition, 6) decision making, and, 7) how to evaluate new treatments. Each workshop participant who completes the program will receive a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions, 4th Edition, and an audio relaxation CD, Relaxation for Mind and Body.
For more information and class location, please contact Barbara Gonzalez, Program Coordinator at the Center for Healthier Communities at 818.718.5903 (direct line) or Barbara.Gonzalez@DignityHealth.org.